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When Heaven and Earth Merge - Late Sunrise over the Giant Mirror of Uyuni

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After the spectacular sunrise at the top of the island, I wasted no time running down to the submerged salt flats to see the perfect mirror reflections of the sky from a different perspective. By now a belt of cirrus clouds had moved to form an arch over the island and the distant glaciated volcano of Tunupa. 

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